Job: Postdoc Position: Population genetics applied to geographic space and/or evolution experiments

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $65,568

Location: Stanford, CA

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab –
Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, 260 Panama st., California 94305, USA
Annual salary $65,568
2 years with potential extensions
Publication date: Sep 2021
Starting date: Jan 2022 (flexible)
Closing date: accepting applications until filled


We aim to recruit highly motivated and creative researchers  with strong training in statistical or population genetics. Our group seeks to understand the genetic basis of rapid adaptation in different climates and the spatial dynamics of species extinction. 

Projects include developing population genetics theories and conducting analyses with whole-genome sequence data from evolution experiments with Arabidopsis thaliana. These experiments are being conducted in ~50 locations around the world and populations are re-sequenced for 4+ consecutive years ( (following work from: With these data, some questions we aim to address are: How strong, polygenic, and repeatable is natural selection in realistic environments? Can we predict it? How does selection vary across dense climate gradients? Did evolutionary rescue occur and what were the genetic signals preceding it?

Other projects include analyzing genomes of non-model species with geographic data, including threatened species, to understand how genetic diversity is distributed in space. Some questions addressed: how are neutral and adaptive genetic diversity spatially structured? How do different spatial patterns of extinction lead to differential erosion of species diversity and adaptive capacity? Can we track “genetic health” of ecosystems as they transform using geo-tagged genomes and real-time satellite information?

The position requires leading independent research using large genomic and experimental datasets, participating in collaborative projects, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings. 

Equal opportunity employer

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws. We aim to have a vibrantly diverse lab, which is essential to tackle scientific questions from different creative angles. The main requirement for these positions is that you are passionate about the topics above, so please apply! 


  • Required qualifications for these positions are a doctoral degree in any of the following areas: molecular biology, computational biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, or statistics
  • A track record of research productivity and independence
  • Willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members. 

Position details

This is a full-time position with a competitive annual salary and benefits. The lab is located at the Carnegie Institution on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie Postdocs have access to Stanford facilities. Stanford campus is a vibrant community embedded in the San Francisco Bay area, with opportunities for extensive social and scientific interactions. The initial position will be for two years with potential renewal of up to five years depending upon performance. 

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, located on the campus of Stanford University since 1928. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals – men and women – with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east coasts and at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators have made key discoveries in plant biology, including early experiments of local adaptation (Clausen, Keck, Hiesey), the discovery of transposable elements (McClintock), plant ecophysiology at global scales (Berry, Field), the discovery of key photosynthesis and phototropism genes (Grossman, Briggs), or The Arabidopsis Information Resource TAIR (Rhee, Somerville). The Department of Plant Biology ( has state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, greenhouses and field sites, and computer resources. The lab is co-affiliated with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (, the Department of Biology at Stanford University ( and with the center of Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genetics ( The ideal candidate would become an active member of this community and would strengthen collaborative connections with grad students, postdocs, and faculty members across campus.


Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Moises (Moi) Exposito-Alonso at To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation.